Cedar Valley Humane Society is a non-profit organization with a primary goal of helping the animals of Cedar Rapids. They find homes for all breeds including the injured, ill or disabled. With a recent swarm of over 1,000 animals and critters, they are currently in need of new supplies and volunteers.  

A home in Vinton was found holding over 1,000 animals in overcrowded conditions on January 16th, 2018. The animals were being held throughout the entire house and the attached garage. Many of the animals were malnourished and dehydrated. Several animals were found dead.

Cedar Valley Humane Society, Friends of the Shelter, and Wild Thunder Animal Rescue removed the animals. Cedar Valley Humane Society is asking the public for help in supplying food, animal bedding, cages, nail trimmers and donations to help with the rescue effort.

Events such as these and unfair placement of animals happen more than people realize. Animal rescuer, Christian Cotroneo states “approximately 7.6 million animals enter the 13,600 community animal shelters nationwide every year. Only 2.7 million leave the shelter.”

The main reasons animals are put into shelters are that owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street. According to The National Kitten Coalition, “homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.”

Founded in 1901, Cedar Valley Humane Society helps place thousands of animals into new adoptive homes and returns hundreds of lost pets to their owners every year. They are not affiliated with any other agency or organization and rely solely on private donations for everything that they do.

The Cedar Valley Humane Society is constantly working towards finding homes for animals. Ken Allers, a worker at Cedar Valley Humane Society states, “we’ve had 8,000 animals pass through in 3 years and have a 97% save rate.” He also announced that “the average stay for a dog is only 8 days.”

Many shelters euthanize in order to control population, however, Cedar Valley Humane Society does not. It is Eastern Iowa’s leading no-kill shelter. According to Allers, “the only reason we would euthanize animals is if they would not be able to live a fulfilling life anymore.”

The people working and volunteering at the shelter are devoted to bettering the lives of the animals that come through. They clean the cages every day of the year, feed, play with and take all the animals outside.

If you are interested in helping the Cedar Valley Humane Society, visit their website or Facebook page to learn how. They are always looking for more volunteers to help with the animals. You must attend a small training course and purchase a shirt from them. Also, they are currently accepting supplies of all kinds and donations towards the animals and their facility.  

Volunteering at the Cedar Valley Humane Society is a simple thing that makes a big difference. You must be 8 years old to handle an animal with an adult present, and 16 to do it alone. Caitlyn Hanna, a volunteer at the shelter says, “It felt like I was making a huge difference. Volunteering felt like I was taking some of the stress and weight off of the workers and keeping the animals happy and healthy.”

Cedar Valley Humane Society is committed to building healthy relationships between people and animals and eliminating animal cruelty, abuse, and overpopulation through adoptive services and inspiring compassion for all living things.

Ways to contact:

Cedar Valley Humane Society Website



Phone: (319)-362-6288



One comment

  1. Taylor, this is an excellent example of journalistic writing. You have a well organized story with effective contributions of secondary research and interview input from your subject at the humane society. Thank you for delivering this useful information to a larger audience. Nice work!

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